Laci Fiala

Laci Fiala
Professor of Sociology
School of Behavioral and Health Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences

Contact Info
Betzler Social and Behavioral Science Center - 127B - Hours: MW 9:30 am – 11:30 am

B.S., Northwest Missouri State University; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Born and raised in Nebraska, Dr. Laci Fiala joined the Walsh family in Fall of 2009. Dr. Fiala completed her B.S. in both Sociology and Speech Communication at Northwest Missouri State University (2004) and bother her M.A. (2006) and Ph.D. (2009) in Sociology at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. Her areas of teaching and research interest revolve around issues affecting children, youth, and young adults from educational inequalities to experiences of violence to parenting choices. She teaches courses in the Criminal Justice major at Walsh such as Victimology, School Violence, and Women and the Criminal Justice System; in the Sociology- Applied Family Studies major such as Sociology of Growing Up, Cross-Cultural Issues in Education, Marriage, Family, and Intimacy, and Social & Cultural Diversity; and general courses within the SBS program includes Principles of Sociology, Research Methods, and Statistics, to name a few.

Dr. Fiala also defines herself as a quantitative methodologist, utilizing a variety of advanced methods including structural equation modeling and hierarchical linear modeling in addition to multiple regression in much of her research. Her expertise is also in survey research and content analysis methodologies. She has been active in research, working on several different research grants and managing several different research projects both independently and in collaboration with multiple faculty in other disciplines at Walsh. Dr. Fiala is also active in her service to Walsh through Faculty governance and committees, the Honors program, and the SBS program, serving faculty and students in a variety of ways.

On a personal note, Dr. Fiala has 3 children who keep her busy, and she enjoys crafting (she can crochet you anything you could imagine), watching sports (Go Huskers!), and cuddling on the couch with her husband and two dogs!

Select Publications & Presentations:

  • Szendrey, J. M. & Fiala, L. A. (2019, November). "Give Me More!" Relationships Between Tangible and Intangible Family Resources During Adolescence and Financial Behaviors of Young Adults: An Overview. Association for Financial Counseling & Planning Education Research and Training Symposium, Poster Presentation, Portland, Oregon
  • Fiala, L.A. (2019, March). From Breastfeeding and Baby Wearing to Car Seats and Cloth Diapers: Millennial Mothers Seeking Online Support. Accepted and to be Presented at the North Central Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, OH
  • Szendrey, J., & Fiala, L. (2018). “I think I can get ahead!” Perceived economic mobility, income, and financial behaviors of young adults. Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning, 29(2): 290-303.
  • Fiala, L.A. & Bemiller, M. (2017, April). Research as Service: Can it Support the Community and the Learning Process? Presented at the North Central Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN
  • Mumford, J. M., Fiala, L., & Daulton, M. (2017). An agile K-12 approach: Teacher PD for new learning ecosystems. In C. Martin, & D. Polly (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Teacher Education and Professional Development (pp. 367-384). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Splendore, C. & Fiala, L. (2015, October). Enhancing Student-Advisor Interactions:
    Creating a Process for Assessing Advising Learning Outcomes. Presented at the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Annual Conference. Las Vegas, NV.

Current & Ongoing Research Projects

  • Millennial Motherhood: Changes, Challenges, & Choices
  • Millennial Perceptions on the Way to Wealth: Frugality, Family, Faith, and the American Dream
  • Change in Perceptions and Knowledge of Sexual Violence Among First-Year College Students

Fall 2020 Office Hours:

MW 9:30 am – 11:30 am